James Madison Papers

From James Madison to Albert Gallatin, 26 December 1804 (Abstract)

§ To Albert Gallatin

26 December 1804, Department of State. “The enclosed letter addressed to Mr. Wynn, was communicated to me with a view to establish the construction it urges of the Act supplementary to the Consular act:1 but as the construction contended for would affect the public receipts, I have supposed it proper that your sentiments should rule the Consuls, some of whom have referred the point for instructions. Be pleased to return the letter.”

Letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL, vol. 14). 1 p.

1The letter has not been found. For the “Act supplementary to the ‘act concerning Consuls and Vice-Consuls, and for the further protection of American Seamen,’” see U.S. Statutes at Large description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17 vols.; Boston, 1848–73). description ends , 2:203–5.

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